Syrian rebels attack Russia’s Sukhoi-25, pilot dead

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Russian helicopter Sukhoi-25 crashed on Saturday after Syrian rebels attacked it in Idlib de-escalation zone. It led to the death of Russian pilot on Saturday, the defence ministry reported.

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“A Russian Su-25 aircraft crashed during a flight over the Idlib de-escalation zone. The pilot had enough time to announce he had ejected into the zone, under the control of al-Nusra Front fighters,” it added.

As per the reports, the helicopter was gunned down with the help of moveable anti-aircraft missile technique.

The Russian army stated that it had taken the lives of over 30 al-Nusra Front fighters at the time of attack with “lofty weapons” in the region where the helicopter was blast down.

The area where the helicopter was crash-landed is operated by a jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Prior, the opposition group gunned down Syrian helicopters but it wasn’t of the Russian military.

At Least five Russian soldiers lost their lives in August 2016 after their choppers were attacked down by rebel outfit in Idlib.

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Turkey attacked a Russian military aircraft in November 2015 that led to political crisis among Moscow and Ankara.


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